Panthers Trade Huberdeau, Weegar, Prospect, First-Round Pick To Flames For Tkachuk, Fourth-Round Pick

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The biggest trade of the 2022 NHL offseason went down late on Friday night as the Florida Panthers traded left-wing Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, center prospect Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 lottery-protected first-round pick to the Calgary Flames for left-wing Matthew Tkachuk and a 2025 fourth-round pick. The Panthers signed Tkachuk, who became a restricted free agent on July 13, to an eight-year contract extension that carries a $9.5 million cap hit.

Huberdeau, 29, tied left-wing Johnny Gaudreau for second in the NHL with 115 points and led the league with 85 assists in 80 regular-season games last season. He added one goal and five points in 10 postseason games. Huberdeau has one season left on a contract that carries a very team-friendly $5.9 million cap hit before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Huberdeau’s 285 assists over the past five seasons rank third in the NHL.

In 671 career NHL games, all with Florida, Huberdeau has scored 198 goals and 613 points. He has also notched five goals and 21 points in 26 postseason games.

Tkachuk, 24, declined to re-sign with the Flames after Gaudreau signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets as an unrestricted free agent last week. His 104 points ranked eighth in the league last season while his 62 assists were tied for 11th. His +57 rating was also good for third.

The Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues were among the other teams deep in trade negotiations with the Flames, according to The Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

In 431 career regular-season games, all with the Flames, Tkachuk has notched 152 goals and 382 points. He also has seven goals and 15 points in 27 career postseason games, including four goals and 10 points in 12 games during the 2022 tournament.

Both teams shake up their forward groups after both were among the top-six (Panthers: 4.11, first; Flames: 3.55, sixth) in the league in goals-per-game and top-10 on the power play (Panthers: 24.4%, tied for fifth; Flames: 22.9%, 10th).

Weegar, 28, earned eight goals, 44 points, a +40 rating (ninth), 57.61% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, 57.27% five-on-five expected goals-for percentage, and a 58.44% five-on-five scoring chances-for percentage in 80 regular-season games last season. Weegar’s average of 23:22 per game, including 2:46 on the penalty kill, both ranked second on the Panthers last season. He also averaged 40 seconds on the power play and tallied one assist in 10 postseason games.

In 306 career NHL games, all with the Panthers, Weegar has earned 27 goals, 121 points, and a +27 rating.

The loss of Weegar, who has one season left at $3.25 million against the salary cap before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency, creates a hole on the Panthers’ top defensive pairing.

Both teams change their core up after each won their respective divisions but lost four straight games to lose in the second-round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Panthers were held to three goals in four games by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their series.

Schwindt, 21, played in three NHL games last season and scored 19 goals and 41 points in 72 AHL games. He was drafted 81st overall by the Panthers in 2019.

By Harrison Brown

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10 Responses to Panthers Trade Huberdeau, Weegar, Prospect, First-Round Pick To Flames For Tkachuk, Fourth-Round Pick

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s crazy. I wonder if Tkachuk had a no trade and mandated a trade to Florida.

    • Anonymous says:

      His contract had no clauses. He could have been traded elsewhere, but he had made clear where he would sign a long term deal, essentially limiting the market. The Flames could certainly have traded him elsewhere, but the return would obviously not have been nearly as good, since he would have explicitly been a season long rental.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    What am I missing in this deal?

    • steven says:

      Fls got younger and moved 2 contracts that are short term and will be looking for a big payday in 2-3 years, They receive a young player that is locked up for years and wants to be there. My take is younger playres with xpiring contracts havemore control over when and where they go is they are top players where miud players or role players are just stuck. Some players have benefited from staying in one place and like being thre others dont like the team, city or maybe even country so want to move. I think I would rather be in Fla where there is no income tax with that salary than in Canada and getting paid Canadian dollars and having to pay taxes!

      • Lance says:

        Canada is not a politically free country these days. I expect that’s why Gaudreau left Calgary. Americans better wake up, too.

  3. Lance says:

    I like this trade for Calgary if Huberdeau signs long-term. He’s a great player but at 29 he might only have 3 or 4 more really good years left. I’m not too familiar with Weegar but he’s a valuable player. Calgary can flip both guys for drafts picks and players at the deadline if need be. And they get FLA’s first round pick in 2025.

    I can see why Florida made the trade but we’ll see if it works out. They seemed to have good team chemistry with Huberdeau.

  4. Harrison Brown says:

    Do not like this trade for FLA. Huberdeau > Tkachuk

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